This comes ahead of the launch of the Boeing 777-300ER on the London – Manila route, which will also offer an upgraded inflight experience across PAL’s Business and Economy classes.
David Cochrane, PAL country manager UK & Ireland said: “As we look forward to upgrading our aircraft on the London – Manila route from December 2017, we are thrilled to have a vastly enhanced cabin product operating on our ‘beyond’ destinations. This means that within this year, our guests flying from London and connecting via Manila will have a completely enhanced experience from takeoff to touchdown on our key routes.”
The reconfigured A330 is now operating the Manila – Honolulu route and will begin service in July to Melbourne and Shanghai, in August to Sydney, in September to Singapore and Hong Kong, in October to Tokyo Haneda, in November to Tokyo Narita and in December to Osaka.
“At Philippine Airlines, we aim to please. This inspired us to go through the process of providing our passengers a reconfigured aircraft with meticulous seat and IFE selection. As we journey on to becoming a 5-star, world – class, full service carrier with a heart, we devote our efforts towards meeting customer needs”, PAL president and chief operating officer Jaime J. Bautista said.
PAL selected the Thompson Vantage XL brand for its 18 business class seats with a legroom of 44 inches, width of 23-24 inches and a full-flat recline with a bed length of 78 inches. Seats in this section have all-aisle access. The Economy Zodiac brand was chosen for the 267 economy seats with a legroom of 32 inches, width of 17 inches and recline of 6 inches. An added feature in Business Class is the Pneumatic Comfort System (PCS) which allows the passenger to adjust seat firmness according to preference, complimented with the massage function. PAL is the first Asian carrier to offer the PCS.
Each seat in Business has a legrest, calfrest, footrest and coat hook with the option to charge their devices by way of the USB port or in-seat power supply installed in their seats. In Economy Class, standard seats are equipped with USB ports while facility seats have in-seat power supply. Each seat has a headrest, literature pocket, fabric seat cover and comfortable cushioning. Other unique seat features on business class include: head phone hook, capiz-like side decor and footwell with mood lighting. The walls of each cabin have laminate designs with the barong concept, highlighting a popular Philippine fabric and giving the cabin interior a warm and cosy ambience.
RAVE’s Audio – Video – On – Demand (AVOD) in-seat system will give passengers access to a wide selection of media content via touch screen monitors, measuring 18.5 inches in Business, 13.3 inches in Premium Economy and 10.1 inches on economy. The aircraft is also equipped with myPAL Wi-fi allowing passengers to surf, browse and stay connected. PAL’s service philosophy called “Heart of the Filipino” provides passengers service like no other – one that is marked by warmth, charm, care and hospitality.